Covid NSW: 1480 new cases as man in his 20s among 9 more deaths

·News Reporter
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NSW has reported 1,480 new locally acquired Covid-19 cases as hope grows the state's Delta outbreak is beginning to plateau.

Wednesday is the fourth day since Saturday the state has not set a new daily case record – the first time this has occurred since July. 

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said last week cases should peak at some point in the following fortnight as widespread vaccine coverage takes effect.

Vaccinated Sydneysiders are looking forward to a slight easing of outside gathering restrictions next week. Source: Getty
Vaccinated Sydneysiders are looking forward to a slight easing of outside gathering restrictions next week. Source: Getty

Ms Berejiklian revealed the state has now hit 75 per cent of its eligible population that has received at least one vaccine dose.

"Forty-two per cent of our citizens are fully vaccinated, a number which is very pleasingly inching towards that 70 per cent double vaccination rate we're all looking forward to, which we still will be around mid-October," she told reporters.

Man in his 20s dies from Covid

A further nine people have died from the virus including a man in his 20s who had serious underlying health conditions. He was unvaccinated.

A man in his 40s also died, while the seven other deaths were in their 60s upwards.

There have been 148 Covid-related deaths since the outbreak began on June 16. The state has now passed 200 deaths since the pandemic began.

There are 1136 people in hospital with Covid, 194 of which are in intensive care and 78 on ventilators.

NSW Deputy Chief Health Officer Marianne Gale warned the virus was beginning to show higher signs of transmission in Inner West and City of Sydney suburbs. She identified Glebe, Waterloo, Redfern and Marrickville as suburbs of concern and urged residents to seek vaccination immediately.

While Ms Berejiklian said 80 per cent of cases are still occurring in LGAs of concern, there are "glimmers of hope" that areas of high transmission are seeing a stabilisation.

"Things are starting to change in terms of the trends that we're seeing and we want to see those trends continue," she said.

Ms Berejiklian warned however daily cases can be volatile and said the health advice still indicated the peak would likely be next week. 

She said a decision on the extension of the lockdown in regional NSW, which is due to end on Saturday, would be made later this week and announced to the public before Friday.

There were 27 new cases in the Western NSW local health district (LHD) and seven in the Far West LHD, Deputy Premier John Barilaro said.

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